Konica Minolta bizhub C4050i Series Review

Good: Standard wireless and mobile printing, customizable touchscreen interface, robust scanning features.
Bad: Ledger-sized paper is not supported.
Bottom Line: New A4 color MFPs intended for SMBs that don't require advanced paper-handling features.
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Konica Minolta
bizhub C4050i Series
$4,410-$5,983
Small, Medium
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33 ppm-40 ppm
33 ppm-40 ppm
Quad-core CPU
5 GB

Product Overview

Konica Minolta’s new i-Series line of devices use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to streamline workflows and foster collaboration in a mobile workforce. The devices serve as a smart technology hub that combines all workflows into one place.

The i-Series boast a 10.1″ customizable touchscreen panel with an interface that works like a mobile device. Users can customize the interface with apps from Konica Minolta Marketplace. The devices also integrates with Workplace Hub, an all-in-one IT solution.

The i-Series line also includes upgraded security features that’s compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other security standards. With the bizhub SECURE service, Konica Minolta tailors security settings and features to a company’s unique needs, such as solid state drive encryption and locked passwords.

The bizhub C4050i Series consist of two A4 (8.5″ x 14″) color MFPs aimed at small-to-medium-sized businesses. The bizhub C3350i ($4,410) prints and copies at up to 33 ppm, while the C4050i ($5,983) has an engine speed of 40 ppm. Printing, copying, scanning and faxing features are standard.

Both devices include a quad-core CPU processor, 5 GB of memory and 256 MB solid state drive (SSD). PostScript and PCL printing languages are supported. USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity are standard. Mobile printing is supported via the Konica Minolta Mobile Print app as well as AirPrint and Mopria.

Konica Minolta will offer an optional voice-activated feature, so users can provide voice commands for scan, copy and other functions without touching the device.

More details are in our Features section below.

Konica Minolta continues to bring innovative features that help the workplace collaborate better and improve productivity. The bizhub C4050i Series provide robust features for businesses that don’t need advanced paper-handling features.

Features

Paper handling: Paper handling starts with two 500-sheet paper trays and a 100-sheet bypass. Users can optionally add up to two additional 500-sheet paper trays for a maximum capacity of 1,600 sheets.

There’s a standard 80-sheet automatic document feeder. Standard output capacity is 250 sheets and there’s an optional 20-sheet offline stapler.

MFP functions: There’s a user box that allows users to store scanned documents on the solid state drive. Users can create up to 1,000 user boxes that hold up to 3,000 documents total. The scanning function supports scan to email, USB, user box, FTP, SMB, URL and WebDav. LDAP is also supported. Output file formats include JPEG, TIFF, PDF, compact PDF and XPS, to name a few.

The faxing function uses a 33.6 kbps modem with JBIG compression. Color fax, IP fax and PC fax are standard.

Security features: Standard security features include user authentication, IP filtering, print user data encryption and secure print, to name a few. Konica Minolta offers optional ID card authentication, authentication by mobile device and biometric authentication via a finger vein scanner. The Bitdefender anti-virus solution is also an option.

Cost per page: We’ve calculated the cost per page (based on the yields and prices of each toner and imaging unit) as a penny in black and 6.7 cents in color. The high yields of the consumables, along with other environmental features (e.g., duplexing) help companies save money on operating costs.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The bizhub C4050i Series doesn’t accept ledger-sized (11″ x 17″) paper. If you’re looking for that specific feature, check out our review on the bizhub C360i Series.

About

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™  with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. It has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 12 consecutive years and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for seven consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society.

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